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Please click here to see the latest messages from the practice during the COVID19 pandemic

Haughton Thornley Medical Centres encourages patients at high risk of covid19 to be vaccinated against it if offered to do do. Here is information to help you and your loved ones to make an informed decision. We will continue to offer you the best advice available. If you are unsure what to do then please feel free to discuss this with your doctor or nurse who may be able to offer you further advice too and help you to make the right decision for you.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

There are 3 covid-19 vaccines that have been authorised to be used in the UK
Current advice is for all groups of patients deemed at higher risk of getting covid-19 to receive the first vaccine dose and then at a later date to be provided with a second dose. 

The NHS will contact you directly via a text message or a letter when it is time for you to get your vaccine. Those deemed at highest risk are being offered the vaccine first and then others are offered this depending on the risk category you are in. You can learn more about the priority groups here

Please do NOT phone the surgery to ask when you will be offered the vaccine. The NHS will contact you.

Vaccine Side Effects
Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as
  • A sore arm where the needle went in
  • Feeling tired
  • A headache
  • Feeling achey
You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried then please call 111 or 119

You can find the latest up-to-date information by visiting NHS Choices 
 


At this time:
  • Over 80 years old with those over 75 following soon
  • A resident in a care home for older adults
  • A member of staff working in a care home for older adults
  • Health and Social care workers 
Over the next few months, here are the different groups listed in priority order

Priority Group
Risk Group - RED marks those done in Hyde / Haughton Green
1
Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults
2
All those aged 80 years of age and over
Frontline Health and social care workers
3
All those aged 75 years of age and over
4
All those 70 years of age and over 
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5
All those 65 years of age and over
6
Adults aged 16-65 years in an at-risk group (see table 3)
7
All those 60 years of age and over
8
All those 55 years of age and over
9
All those 50 years of age and over

Groups are being prioritised with the oldest first because we know most deaths occur in the older age groups. 88% of all deaths due to COVID19 have occurred in the top 4 priority groups. 



Listen to Dr Hannan speak on BBC Radio Manchester on 4th January 2021 about the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the newly announced AstraZeneca vaccine which is due to be rolled out soon as well as the importance of doing everything you can to reduce the risk of getting the virus including 
  • boosting your immune response by 
    • staying fit, 
    • eating healthily, 
  • taking adequate quantities of vitamin D, 
  • washing your hands regularly, 
  • wearing a facemask in closed spaces, 
  • maintaining social distancing, 
  • staying in your bubble and 
  • getting the vaccine if offered. 
  • Be very wary of messages you only get via social media especially those that have been forwarded to you and not sure where the source is from or its validity. 
If you are unsure then please speak to your doctor or nurse whom you trust.



There are a lot of myths about the COVID19 vaccine circulating. Listen to this panel discussion from experts in the NHS on 28th December 2019 which tries to debunk the myths. Dr Hannan talks about our own experience in the practice and how covid19 has affected us and what patients must do now including how to assess your own personal risk of contracting covid19 and what you should consider whilst thinking about whether the covid19 vaccine is for you.


Dr Hannan receives his first covid19 vaccination with other health and social care staff

In Tameside and Glossop, the Hyde NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service is currently invite only, over 80’s who are registered with a Hyde GP practice as well as health and social care staff.

The Hyde NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service at Hyde Leisure Centre and is a drive-through model. WHERE POSSIBLE IT IS ADVISED THAT THOSE DRIVING ARE NOT RECEIVING THE VACCINATION. However, if you do not have someone to drive you to the vaccination service, you can still attend but will need to park up to receive the vaccine and wait in the car for 10 minutes post vaccine. The marshals will inform you of where to park. Please follow safe travel guidance.

When it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward for the vaccine. For most people this will be a letter, or text message either from their GP or the national NHS. ALL APPOINTMENTS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. The invite letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number. Please do not contact the NHS or us to get an appointment until you get this letter.

The COVID-19 vaccination is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant unless you are at high risk of getting covid19 because of where you work or you have a heath condition which means you're at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus. You do not need to test for if you are pregnant before having the covid-19 vaccine. You do NOT need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby Covid-19. You can have the covid-19 vaccine if you are breastfeeding. 

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness or COVID symptoms should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

Patients who qualify for the vaccine will be asked to book for the COVID-19 vaccine Vaccination Service by clicking here

Within 24 hours of having your covid19 vaccination, you should be able to see this in your GP electronic health record too. We recommend all patients should have access to their GP electronic health record so that you can check your record and also share this information with others if you need to eg A&E, Out of Hours or if you travel away. Please click here if you would like access to your GP electronic health record or wish a carer or family member to do this on your behalf.

Answering the Myths (taken from the British Islamic Medical Association)

 

Click here to download a leaflet on what to expect after you have had your first vaccination

Margaret Keenan: First Pfizer vaccine recipient reunited with family

Important information about the COVID19 vaccine

 


The British Islamic Medical Association recommends the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for eligible at-risk individuals in the Muslim community. Read the full poition statement here: British Islamic Medical Association - position statement on the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid19 Vaccine.

See latest info about the Covid19 vaccinations from NHS Choices:

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Wait to be contacted

The practice will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact us for a vaccination before then.

Advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

You should wait to have the COVID-19 vaccine:

  • if you're pregnant – you should wait until you've had your baby
  • if you're breastfeeding – you should wait until you've stopped breastfeeding

If you have the vaccine, you should not get pregnant for at least 2 months after having the 2nd dose.

If you later find out you were pregnant when you had the COVID-19 vaccine, do not worry. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

There's no evidence it's unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more evidence is needed before you can be offered the vaccine.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you're pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It's given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine approved for use in the UK was developed by Pfizer/BioNTech.

It has met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After having both doses of the vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.

It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.

There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food.

If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you have a history of allergies by MHRA on GOV.UK

You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit Yellow Card for further information

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

More information

 

BBC News: Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK

BBC News: Covid vaccine: What you need to know about vaccine safety

BBC News: When will you be eligible for the Covid vaccine? includes:
  • Who will get the vaccine first ?
  • How many vaccine doses are there ?
  • Where will I get a vaccine ?
  • Will everyone be vaccinated ?
  • What about people with allergies ?
  • I'm pregnant - will that affect when I am vaccinated ?
  • Can I pay to be vaccinated sooner ?
  • Shoudl I leave a gap between getting the flu and covid19 vaccination ?

Click here to see the video by Dr Amir Khan
This is an excellent, digital and innovative way to address miss-information. If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, play the game and get them answered. Works on your phone and takes a few minutes to play. Test your knowledge now - CoronaBeeGame.co.uk

How does the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccine work and smashing some of the myths? 


How does the new Pfizer vaccine work?

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